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'Big Band Christmas' - tickets go on sale

By Philip Roberts - Posted on 14 September 2015

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Tickets went on sale this week for a ‘Big Band Christmas’ concert being staged at Trinity High School, Redditch, on the 7th December, promoted by Rotary Club of Redditch and featuring the widely acclaimed Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO).

The concert will be a highlight in the town’s musical calendar, and a major fund-raiser for local charity St. Basil’s, addressing the needs of homeless young people in Redditch.

MYJO has been described as one of the world’s top young big bands. It was unbeaten in the BBC National Big Band Competition for twenty years, including the final year in 2006.  In Toronto, it received an 'Outstanding Services to Jazz Education' award.  It has twice won the Dutch National Big Band Competition and has appeared in concert with many of the most famous names in jazz and entertainment, including Arturo Sandoval, Rob McConnell, Bob Florence and Benny Carter. Tours have included the USA, Russia, Canada and Europe.

The band is led by top trumpeter John Ruddick, who has performed with the Don Lusher Big Band and BBC Big Band, and worked with such names as Sir Bruce Forsyth, the late George Shearing, and Peggie Lee. Last year John was awarded an MBE for his work with MYJO, which is itself a charity. Over the years, MYJO has included talented young players from Redditch, several of whom have made successful careers in the music industry. MYJO has also featured in an outstanding concert with Grammy award winner Gordon Goodwin, and more recently has appeared with the American virtuoso trumpet player Jon Faddis, and with singer Clare Teal earlier this year.

Ticket enquiries can be submitted via the 'Contact RC Redditch' link, by phone to John or Nichola Ruddick on 01675 442050, or purchased from 'The Music Shop' George Walk, Kingfisher Shopping Centre (behind Primark).

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